EU insists trade deals must meet its labour and competition standards

Competition commissioner sees agreement with Canada as model but says deal with Brexit UK would be different

Countries seeking a trade deal with the EU should meet European standards on labour law and fair competition, one of the bloc’s most senior officials has said in remarks that reinforce Brexit red lines.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner, described the trade agreement with Canada as a model for the future because it enshrined recognition of labour standards, human rights and animal welfare.

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